In A Given Day Challenge

(a little bit of everything)


In a given day challenge

We run and run and run. But sometimes, we get to the end of the day and can’t figure out where we ran to or from. We just know we’re exhausted.

And on the flip side, sometimes we wait and wait and wait for something miraculous to come along and change our life. In the meantime, we don’t realize we are missing today. Right now. This instant.

“In A Given Day” Challenge isn’t really all that challenging. It’s just a reminder to stop, think, remember, and enjoy life for the wonderful thing it is. It is a snapshot, if you will, of your life today. Right now. This instant.

So here I go.

Today I wrote a little on one book (Deep Purple), edited a little on another (Civilization), updated a song (How Great Thou Art), emailed about another song (Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus). I listened to my daughter’s newest story and kissed several skinned knees. I also spent a few hours on my new early-morning seminary calling, drove the kids a bunch of places, played Toy Story with the youngest, cooked, cleaned, weeded the strawberry patch, and ugh. A whole bunch of other stuff. Yes. My brain is fried, but I have to say, I LOVE MY LIFE (and I am never bored).

How about you?

Respond back to the “In A Given Day” Challenge and give me a snapshot of your life today. Or if you don’t feel comfortable sharing, write it down somewhere, because someday you’ll look back on today and remember how happy you were (hopefully). Plus, it’s kinda fun to realize all the things one person can accomplish in one solitary day.

Humans amaze me.

Humans’ capacity for ‘doing things’ amazes me even more.

So share if you want, write it down if you want. And as always, Choose to have a good day!

FF: Hunger Games, Host, and Hope


My 10yo son loves facts. All day long he’s reciting these random facts–usually scientific. I’ve learned not to question him because he seriously knows his useless information. One “fact” he told me recently is  “An apple wakes you up more than a cup of coffee.” I have no idea if this one happens to be true, and quite frankly, I’m too tired to google it. Really, there’s no way for me to prove it either because I don’t drink coffee. However, in my own scientific (not) opinion, it can’t be true. I just downed my third apple and let me tell you, I’m still dragging. Why am I so tired, you ask? If you haven’t guessed it, I’ll tell you with a picture.

I’ve mentioned before that I love the Hunger Games. I devoured the books (pun intended) and anxiously awaited the movie. But we all know and distrust Hollywood, right? I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would they stray from the book? Mis-cast the characters? Let me say, it was AWESOME! I took eight 14yo girls with me and we all loved the movie. Even those who hadn’t read the books thought it was great. So if you love the books, here’s my hearty endorsement. Go see the movie! You’ll love it.

The even cooler part (if cooler isn’t a word, too bad. I’m tired) is that while I was waiting two hours in the theater for the movie to start, I finally wrote the synopsis for my new book, which I have struggled to synopsize (I’m definitely making up words now) for three years. So that was fun.

After taking home my daughter’s friends, I didn’t crawl into bed until 3:30am. My husband and son wake up at 4:45 for early morning seminary, and while I didn’t wake up with them today, I still heard them rustling around. I tossed and turned after that, finally rolling out of bed to be a parent at 7:45. So yeah. Popping apples like crazy.

It’s going to be a fun day. I have a love/hate relationship with sleep.

Since I’m at it, I might as well throw in a plug for my dad’s newest book. It’s a non-fiction LDS book, part of a three-book doctrinal series. It’s about how to find hope during challenging times. It’s really amazing. (There’s even a story about my husband and I in there.) Since my dad was just interviewed about his book, I thought I’d show the trailer. I know, nothing Friday Funny-ish about Hunger Games or my dad, but my brain is a little sluggish. The apples haven’t kicked in yet.

It’s called Look Up My Soul: The Divine Promise of Hope, by Gerald N. Lund. He’s an award-winning author and inspirational speaker. (Do I sound like a proud daughter yet?) Check it out on Deseret Book’s website here. It’s amazing and will lift you up. (How about now? Love my dad.)

Okay. Time for a nap. If I’m not careful, I’ll break into unprovoked giggles soon. But I made it all the way to 9:15am. I’m so proud! And sorry about being a loser on the whole Friday Funnies thing. I had pictures of my dirty purple van to show y’all (sort of a real word) but I guess I’ll save those for another day when I have my brain back. Here’s a few older Friday Funnies if you’re interested:

It’s Official: I’m a Fish Murderer
Why I Hate Sleep
Signs That I Have Five Children
No More Talking
Need a New Career?
My Son’s Pink and Yellow Toenails

Have a good weekend!

Have you seen the Hunger Games yet? What did you think? Great adaptation or a let down? Or if you haven’t gone, will you?

Oh man! I have to add a PS here. Look what teaser trailer just came out. YES!!! Any other HOST fans out there?


(hodgepodging–spell check doesn’t think this is a word. Oh well. It is now.)

Today is a little bit of everything. First, just a quick note to let you know I won’t be blogging much this week. My two cute nephews are staying with me for a little while and rather than spend my time in front of a computer, I thought they would enjoy it more if we did Auntie things like bake cookies or play SORRY; or maybe play SORRY while baking cookies. I don’t know. I should probably get on Pinterest for some ideas. (Anyone know how to use Pinterest?) My youngest is so excited to have his cousins here because usually it’s just him and me alone all day every day and now he’ll have not just one boy but two to follow around. Fun!

So the hodgepodge. 

1) I’m happy to report that my son has forgiven me for killing his fishes. Yes! He also made his first shot in basketball this weekend, so all is well.

2) Two of my favorite YA authors are teaming up to make a movie based around my all-time favorite author, Jane Austen. So I’m just a little teeny bit excited. :)  Check out Stephenie Meyer’s website to read about Austenland, the movie. Very, very, very cool (three verys for three awesome authors). And even more awesome was to see that The Host is well on it’s way to becoming a movie. Stephenie is super cool to me for many reasons, and since The Host is my favorite of her books, I’m very excited to see it on the big screen. I just might have to read it for the fourth time. :)

3) A little promo for my dad, Gerald N. Lund, who is also super cool. That’s really not the right word for him–sorry Dad. How about super amazing. A little better. Anyway, he has a new book coming out in March, called Look Up My Soul: The Divine Power of Hope. It’s a nonfiction book about finding hope in today’s troubled times. As I mentioned last Friday, a lot of people I know are going through tough times right now, so I feel like this book is very timely. You can check it out on his website, and I’ll let you know once it’s available for pre-order. This is his third nonfiction book in what he calls a “Doctrinal Trilogy.” All three are on his homepage if you’re interested. 

Also, Deseret Book is giving away the first five chapters of the first book, Hearing the Voice of the Lord. All you have to do to get these is fill out a little survey on ebooks. Check it out here.

4) It’s not too late to sign up for Rach’s Writer’s Campaign. Check it out here.

5) Hmmm, anything else? Oh yeah. Hello to all the people who have dropped by recently! Thanks for the nice comments!

6) What else? Can you tell I don’t want to do laundry?

7) Or clean?

8) Or shower?

Alright. I’m done. If I don’t check back in this week, I’m playing SORRY. Have a good one.